Caleres announced Rick Ausick, president of Famous Footwear, will retire in 2018 as part of a planned succession. Ausick joined Caleres in 2002 as Famous Footwear’s SVP and chief merchandise officer and eventually became division president in 2010.

Asics plans to appoint Yasuhito Hirota president. The move becomes effective March 29. Motoi Oyama, chairman and CEO, will relinquish the title of president.

Foot Locker made a strategic investment in Carbon38, taking a minority stake in the specialist in women’s luxury activewear. The $15 million Series A funding round brings the total raised by Carbon38 to $26 million since 2013.

Target will release an exclusive Umbro kids line.

The North Face announced plans to build its first free, public climbing wall within the underserved Montbello neighborhood in northeast Denver. The project marks the first of a “series of public climbing walls” it plans to build in a partnership with The Trust for Public Land.

Warren Miller, the legendary ski filmmaker, died Wednesday night at 93.

Del Hayes, one of Nike’s first employees, passed away at the age of 82.

Dick’s Sporting Goods added Lauren Hobart, its president, to its board of directors.

Accell North America launched a program, 2018 Consumer-Centric Omnichannel Strategy, to support the IBD channel. The first tier enables an IBD to sign up as a preferred fulfiller, committing to zero inventory, while a second tier offers a higher commitment, and is designed for IBDs interested in flooring inventory.

SIA announced the appointment of Mike Adams as chairman of the board.

SIA announced a new pricing structure for Premium Members and a two-year price promise for members joining or renewing by March 1, 2018.

On Wednesday night, Patagonia joined with conservation organizations to project a countdown clock on the Bureau of Land Management headquarters in Lakewood, CO in protest of President Trump’s sell-out of national monuments to mining and drilling interests.

In a report released by Heidrick and Struggles, four leading outdoor industry executives, Donna Carpenter, CEO of Burton; Sally McCoy, former CEO of CamelBak; Jerry Stritzke, CEO of REI Co-op and Jim Weber, CEO of Brooks Running Company, provide perspective on the impacts of the Camber Outdoors’ 2015 CEO Pledge.

Adidas Originals released its latest film, “Original Is Never Finished | 2018,” featuring a wide range of its ambassadors across music, style and sport. The cast includes Dua Lipa, Miles Silvas, Playboi Carti, Lu Han, A$AP Ferg, Nick Young, Kaytranada, Florencia Galarza, Marcelo Vieira and Adrianne Ho.

In an interview with Bloomberg television at the World Economic Forum, Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted predicted a “very strong year in the U.S. in 2018.”

Tilly’s announced that its board of directors has declared a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share, or approximately $29.1 million in the aggregate, on the company’s outstanding Class A and Class B common stock.

Two former Under Armour executives, Henry Stafford and Steve Battista, have launched a new denim line.

Nautilus named Chris Quatrochi SVP, innovation.

Khombu brand ambassador Breezy Johnson has officially been named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team.

The North Face added alpine climber David Lama as an ambassador. Lama was the youngest person ever to win a climbing World Cup in both Lead and Bouldering.

Quiksilver signed U.S. skier Sammy Carlson.

The Northwest Company, a leader in the home textile industry and the No. 1 throw and blanket manufacturer in the U.S., announced a five-year extension of its licensing agreement with Major League Baseball (MLB).

Craft, the maker of functional sportswear, has significantly bolstered its North American sales and marketing departments with the addition of Amber Nero and Scott Parr as national sales team managers.

LCI Brands said Jerry Michelson, who has served as vice president, outdoor for over eight years and before that ran Cerf Brothers Bag Company with his family, is retiring.

SFIA promoted Alex Kerman to manager of business operations. Kerman, who joined SFIA in 2015, will now be responsible for overseeing the SFIA research portfolio, sales and analytics, as well as ensuring member benefit and satisfaction.

SFIA is accepting applications for the 2018 SFIA Start-Up Challenge.

Vineyard Vines, a brand best known for its whimsical neckties and smiling pink whale logo, plans to introduce a golf apparel collection in a collaboration with sports commentator, Jim Nantz.

Patagonia, Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, The North Face, Hanesbrands and Polartec were among the brands recognized as part of Unifi’s inaugural REPREVE Champions of Sustainability awards.

USPA Global Licensing (USPAGL), the official licensing arm and national broadcaster of the United States Polo Association (USPA), announced the promotion of J. Michael Prince to CEO and the election of W. David Cummings as chairman of the board, effective immediately.

Firearms manufacturer Weatherby is relocating its manufacturing operations and corporate headquarters from California to Sheridan, WY.

Federal Premium plans to continue its long-term working relationship with the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, MO.

For the second consecutive year, Otis Technology recognized Sokol Associates as the leading agency for 2017.

Lowa Boots welcomed The Summit Group as the company’s new Southeast sales team.

SOG Specialty Knives and Tools named Chas Fisher as its new VP of sales.

Wolverine appointed Rick Appelsies as VP of product management for Wolverine footwear and apparel.

Butler, the maker of adaptable footwear for kids made in the USA, announced the completion of its North American sales team.

Pro-Tec, celebrating 45 years as the original action sports protection brand, marked by a return to San Diego with a new headquarters, an expanded helmet line, a new range of snow helmets and a collaboration with Volcom.

Despite concerns over player safety, player protests  and declining ratings, PRRI’s annual survey of sports and society finds that football remains Americans’ favorite sport to watch.

FuelBelt, a leader in hydration belts and accessories, hired Kenzie Hunnings as marketing specialist to support the brand in the run specialty market.

Balega, a leading performance sock brand in the run specialty market, welcomed Mary Hannah Andrews as Balega brand manager.

Hornwood, the customer-focused manufacturer of American-made knit performance textiles for the apparel, military, automotive and medical market, announced that industry veteran Phillip Murrell has joined the company as vice president of operations.

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